Day 6 – Slice of Life Challenge – Early Spring

This is the winter wonderful land of February!???  Well, maybe NOT!

In Minnesota February can be deep winter but not this year. This year spring was pushing this northern state into an early growing season. The garden was half frozen land, one fourth ice and one fourth crusty snow.back garden ice and grassJPG.JPG

Edging out from under the ice lay a brilliant green moss that sits atop the frozen ground.  Along side it is the spring stream and marsh land in my backyard. Nomoss .JPGw this sentence makes my back garden sound like acres of land. It is really very small and my stream is the low land of the yard with a small stream and marsh that lasts only until mid April when the area dries and turns to weeds.

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These pictures were taken about two weeks ago. It is now March 6th and we have real spring popping up everywhere. The marsh land has already dried and the little bit of snow is long gone. The ground is thawing and the daffodils and crocus are pushing up. We are a good three weeks or more ahead of where we should be.

Daffodil.JPGThe bulbs do not ever appear before late March or even early April. My rhubarb is never growing before April and yet there it is peaking through the frozen mud. I have to admit am so excited to see it.rhubarb.JPG

I love spring. The smell of mud, the moss turning green and buds slowly opening everywhere. The world going from white to brown to green all in a months time. This year that is happening over two weeks time. It is happening weeks to early.

I am not a winter girl even though I live in a winter wonderland state. I love spring, summer and fall. I love the early spring. The walking with a light jacket and rain falling on the window panes.


This spring has me worried. I am scared about the tipping of the environment. We are too warm. It could lead to hot summers, plants confused, fruit trees blooming before the weather is stable enough to support the fruit that follows the blossoms. The cycle of winter to spring to summer to fall and back to winter is moving faster and faster each year.

At a national level we are in trouble as more safe guards are removed from big industry. We are in trouble without the EPA helping us understand the larger global picture. We will struggle if the scientific data is removed from our view. (references to global warming being pulled from the EPA website)

What is happening in your area?  Please record and watch and share. You can use Natures Notebook is be a citizen scientist. ( )

There are many who do not yet believe in climate change. Many who do not see the connections between how we live and what is happening in the world environment. It may be the personal data – what we see and hear and feel in our own backyard that might make the difference for people to begin to change their way of thinking and living in our world.

We need to stay alert and watch, learn and inform!

I love my early spring but there is a side of me that knows I should still be making snowmen with the neighborhood kids!



About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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7 Responses to Day 6 – Slice of Life Challenge – Early Spring

  1. omg theyre budding already!!!

  2. It seemed like the very next day after the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter that everywhere warmed into a lovely early spring. Nice photos!

  3. arjeha says:

    Our daffodils are up about -4 inches. I can see the yellow in them. There are big buds on out rhododendron. Although I am a fan of the warm weather, I worry about what will happen this weekend when they are calling for snow.

  4. Tara Smith says:

    Budding already…wow! and hooray!

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